Pleurothallis costaricensis Rolfe 1917 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Longicaulae [Barb. Rodr.] Luer 1986

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Walter Schug

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Part Shade Hot toWarm Spring Summer fall

Common Name The Costa Rican Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Cartago province of Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 650 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized hot to warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with filiform, flexuous, glabrous ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 pale brown sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ligulate, minutely apiculate, gradually narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on an erect, more or less arching, peduncle compressed, 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long, 5.6" [14 cm] log overall, distichous, racemose, simultaneously 6 to 12 flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute as long as to slightly longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Most easily recognized by the small, caespitose habit and a raceme of simultaneous flowers borne buy a compressed peduncle. The flowers are much like those of the P grobyi-picta complex. Luer 2006

Synonyms Pleurothallis ehrhartiiflora Schltr. 1923; Specklinia costaricensis (Rolfe) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1917(2): 80 Rolfe 1917;

Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 187. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as P ehrhartiiflora;

Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 287. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as P ehrhartiiflora;

Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 222 Doddson 1980 drawing good;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1380 Atwood 1989 drawing good;

Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:257 Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001 as Specklina costaricensis;

Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42-43 pg 2624 - 2756 Brieger 2001 drawing fide;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006as Specklinia costaricensis;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006as Specklinia costaricensis drawing fide;

Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide;

Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia Orqidelogia 2014 photo hmm;

AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #6 2017 as Specklinia costaricensis photo fide;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Specklinia costaricensis photo fide

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